Time Schapelle had her say at the UN Security Council
Foreign Minister Bob Carr held a press conference yesterday and was peppered with questions on what we’re going to do about Syria.
Over 9,000 Syrian civilians had been killed in the uprising against tyrant Bashar Al-Assad. At least 108 people were killed in the recent Houla massacre, including 49 children and 34 women. Some killed by shell fire, the majority appear to have been shot or stabbed at close range.
But what about Schapelle Corby?
Poor Schapelle. Poooooooooooooor Schapelle. In that uncomfortable Balinese jail for maybe, maybe a couple more years.
The Punch has been informed a group of Corby supporters have submitted a “formal crime report” alleging that top Australian government officials had “perverted the course of justice” in Corby’s case for refusing to provide boogie-board-related evidence.
The boogie board bag conspiracy is soon to rock the highest levels of the Federal Government and Opposition! No matter what kind of stunts he pulls in Parliament, Craig Thomson can’t compete in the controversy stakes with the Corby family.
Like most groups that dabble in conspiracy, this one isn’t expecting their claims will be addressed in the media because of other nefarious conspiracies. HOWEVER.
“Submitting the [criminal] report itself is a pre-requisite to the future submission to international agencies, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague,” spokesperson Elvira Vallons said. “The process itself, therefore, forms a part of the evidential trail. It is extremely important.”
Frankly, they’re totally correct. It’s time we got serious about the pot in the boogie board bag. The Schapelle Corby debate in Australia hasn’t been exhaustive enough. We need to get the world’s highest court involved.
Now, we can’t be sure the path to Schapelle fronting the ICC is clear just yet…
As ANU International Law Professor Donald Rothwell told The Punch yesterday: “The scope of the crimes the International Criminal Court can look into include war crimes, crimes against humanity and acts of genocide”. Hmmmm.
Well, you know, at least the Schapelle activists realised that the court is “international”. I’m sure they’ve got this covered though, as the team say they are represented by “senior Australian barristers” they haven’t named.
As any legal mind would tell you, the next step for Schapelle is the UN Security Council. If the UN Security Council can refer whole countries to the ICC, surely they can do the same for Schapelle.
The crack legal team will have to worry about all kinds of things. Will the US veto? Will China? Where does Ban Ki-Moon sit on this? Azerbaijan is on the council. Are they too hungover from Eurovision fever to take Schapelle’s case seriously?
But seriously. The absurdity of this small situation epitomises how we get too absorbed in first world problems.
Corby got a stupidly long sentence for a minor crime, in line with Indonesian law on drugs, but who gives a crap when tens of thousands are getting blown up.
On a much broader scale, the Schapelle-outrage is a symptom of how insular Australia is. How, because we’re so well off, we obsess over little things. Four kilos of it in fact.
One of the options the international community has considered is exiling Bashar Al-Assad to another country.
Tell him to pack his boogie board bag and put him on a plane to Bali. Maybe then we’ll all obsess over Syria.
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